Julia Bryan-Wilson

Julia Bryan-Wilson is the director of the Berkeley Arts Research Centre.

On Diego Rivera

Julia Bryan-Wilson, 12 August 2021

Diego Rivera’s The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent was painted in front of an audience at the Golden Gate International Exposition, on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, during the summer of 1940. It was Rivera’s last mural in the US and remains one of his most complicated achievements – both a celebration of cultural...

At BAMPFA: Rosie Lee Tompkins

Julia Bryan-Wilson, 17 December 2020

Rosie Lee Tompkins​, born Effie Mae Martin in Gould, Arkansas in 1936, grew up picking cotton alongside her fourteen siblings and half-siblings. As was common for a child of rural sharecroppers, her formal schooling was limited, but Tompkins learned to sew by making bedcoverings with her mother, scrapping together any available pieces of cloth. At the age of 22, she joined millions of...

You have a new memory: Trevor Paglen

Hal Foster, 11 October 2018

How should​ a visual artist respond to a culture in which the vast majority of images are produced by machines for other machines, with humans left out of the loop? This technological turn...

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